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Comment: Slashdotters will provide food for the zombies (Score 2) 733

by bugnuts (#46737043) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

I plan on being a zombie. I plan on leading the zombies. We are talking zombie apocalypse, right?

Slashdotters tend to have vaguely higher intelligence, judging by their impeccable skill at moderating posts and speed of typing "frist post". Completely ignoring science as any good zombie would, I deduce that their brains must be tastier and more wholesomely satisfying to my soon-to-be-acquired tastes for human brains.

Nobody asked which side I'd be on after the apocalypse. I plan on being on the winning side. Now, go make me a sammich... with your ears as bread.

Comment: Re: Common Examples (Score 1) 285

by bugnuts (#46590945) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...

I recently had a bizarre experience with an habanero. While chopping up a couple and removing the seeds, I went ahead and ate the seed pod of one. No problem, I've eaten raw Trinidad scorpions before, and even though I'm on an empty stomach it won't be a problem.

However, I knew it was dangerous in moments, as it was hotter than any habanero I had eaten. I decided to chew a lot to make it easier on the stomach. It turned into an unpleasant experience. Felt like I was gut shot. Next time I eat something first!

Friends were bummed I didn't have a video of it.

Comment: Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

by bugnuts (#46461461) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

No, it does not. It might cost $5M to develop, but $100k per unit is over the top if adopted by most major airlines.

I've done black box programming for military aircraft among other things. A flight data recorder might cost that much, possibly more. Remember, they not only have to record data, but have to be able to SURVIVE a crash, including salt water, acid, fire, pressure, and impact. But the added tech to stream it would be nowhere near $100k per device. It could be added on easily to the next generation of flight data recorders. This tech would NOT have to survive a crash, and that makes it a lot easier to build and prove/verify.

There are a *lot* of hurdles to jump through for doing commercial airline embedded systems which adds to the cost tremendously (and fortunately I was working on military craft), but I still think it could easily be added onto the next generation of FDR at far less than $100k per plane.

Comment: Re:Non-story (Score 2) 268

Right. If you have enough copyright claims against you that are not disputed, youtube will simply remove your account.

This guy pissed off some folks who are making claims in bad faith, but if you're sure you're not violating the law you need to state so in a counter claim. At that point, it's no longer legal to file further DMCA takedown notices on the same material, and they have to take you to court to proceed. Multiple claims on the same clip are considered misrepresentation. This is why it's suspicious to me that he received multiple takedown requests from one source, but maybe it was for different episodes.

Youtube is threatening to remove his account due to multiple unresolved dmca claims. Resolve them, and it goes away. It has little to do with AIDS deniers, except that they're tertiarily involved.

Comment: Who spends their own time causing bugs?! (Score 1) 716

by bugnuts (#46223875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

That's what the workweek is for :-)

If you expect to get a working chunk of software from an employee for a fixed cost, that employee is essentially a contractor paid per working project. He definitely doesn't need his contract payment to support a needless manager who may very well be the cause of the bugs. Thus, he'll get that portion of what would go to the manager. And he doesn't need to pay for your billing department's building -- after all, that doesn't contribute anything to the success of his contract.

Load the employee at only 1.1x (the extra 10% to be used to pay for his office and some networking), and give him the additional 1.9x or so (effectively doubling or tripling his wages -- many employees are loaded at 2.0-3.0x), get rid of his managers, and give him a design document as accurate as a blueprint for building a wall, and the analogy might fit.

Basically, employee wages are "loaded" to account for this type of infrastructure, including having to do rewrites. Hopefully, hiring and management practices will work to minimize rewrites and bugs, and less time spent taking from the slush funds to do rewrites is more profit the company made.

TFA's analogy is like saying "why do we need network support? If it was installed correctly, it will never break."

Comment: copyright unlikely to help (Score 1) 157

by bugnuts (#46196567) Attached to: Dirty Tricks? Look-Alike Websites Lure Congressional Donors

First, the candidate is a public figure, so that closes a lot of avenues.
Second, the sites were only copied once, and were lookalikes; it's not clear they were actually copied. Not copied means it's not a copyright violation.
Third, it's unlikely that it's registered at the copyright office, which limits the liability.

It might be able to be used, but I have doubts it can recover the money fraudulently received. If the candidates had trademarked their names, it might be a possible avenue, but I don't think these people who made the sites would care much.

Comment: Re:Q: How many characters lost in Tomb of Horrors? (Score 1) 218

by bugnuts (#46050911) Attached to: Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

One of Gygax's hallmarks as DM was the killing of players and deadly traps. I'd never seen him run in person, but heard many stories. At cons, the players loved the creative ways he'd make them reroll.

Personally, I never enjoyed that much, but that said I actually ran a Tomb of Horrors campaign (sprung on unwitting players), but added a catch... they had the Groundhog Day curse, and woke up every morning exactly the same until they reached a certain part of the dungeon and flipped a switch which progressed them to the next day. They died a lot and it was hilarious, but they never had to reroll characters. Of course, one guy got eaten by the demilich, which was stuffed into a bag of holding, and tossed into a sphere of annihilation. It doesn't get much more "dead" than that.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten